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Monster Garage Gym/Maroscher Coaching Log: (Log number L). “IT’S NOT THE YEARS…IT’S THE MILEAGE”
During his farewell address, American 5-Star General, Douglas MacArthur, delivered his universally famous quote,…”Old soldiers never die, they just fade away.”

At the MONSTER GARAGE GYM, we have a saying and that saying is, “You can’t kill as Master lifter, because everything has already either torn, ripped or popped off of them.”

Although obviously nowhere near the gravitas of the great General MacArthur’s famous quote, our saying is, nonetheless, somewhat true. The other saying we toss around at the gym is from the movie, Raiders Of The Lost Ark. There is a scene in the movie when Indiana Jones has been through the ringer and states to his love interest Marion Ravenwood, “It’s not the years honey, it’s the mileage.” Truth be told, in the powerlifting world it is actually the years AND the mileage.

For the master lifter, (that’s 40 years and older for you youngsters and/or newbies to the powerlifting world) the warm-ups take a little longer, the risks taken are fewer, the injuries heal much more slowly and sometimes you don’t always train for a specific meet, but rather when you find yourself mostly healthy in all three lifts, at that time you then find a meet to compete in.

All that said, the master lifter has no choice but to continue to powerlift and the reason for that is simple, they still have 110% love for this great sport of powerlifting. As powerlifters with some decades of powerlifting experience under their belt and squat shoes older than most of the lifters in their gym, master lifters find they must train smarter, not so much harder. The programming needs to be a little more forgiving, the ramp up to the meet needs to be a little more gradual, and the technique needs to always be on point as injuries are forever lurking around the corner, waiting for the master lifter to make a mistake.

The purpose of this training log is to help the non-master lifter to understand that powerlifting is not solely about big numbers. Powerlifting is about big numbers sustained over the decades, which is the journey of powerlifting. I have said it before, and I will say it again, powerlifting is not a destination but a continuous journey. Further, powerlifters who, as the idiom goes, are long in the tooth, realize that excellence is not a place a powerlifter lives, but is a place a powerlifter visits.


*Photo: MGG Master Lifters. Left to Right-MGG Owner, Eric Maroscher, Ronald Legarreta, MGG Co-Founder, Phillip Daniels, Dr. Rob Keyes (Master age lifters all).

If you are a newer powerlifter and you train with a powerlifter or powerlifters who have put up solid numbers and who have been in the game for a good long while, take the time to ask them questions as chances are the landmines you are heading for, they might have already stepped on, and taking time to ask their opinion now and again, might help you avoid at least some of these landmines.

My personal modus operandi as a lifter with a good chunk of hindsight behind him, is not to tell someone what to do, but merely state what I have seen consistently work over years and years with a variety of lifters. It is up to the student to decide if they want to take that information into consideration.

The video is training footage of some of the master age lifters from the MGG. Although there might be a little gray in the beard, or have some thinning at the top, master lifters are all 17 at heart and the love for the sport never wanes.

Train hard young lifter, but also be wise in your training. If you are thoughtful and farsighted, you too might also be able to enjoy the spoils of longevity. Ever Onward!!!!!!
*The footage in this video (filmed in HD, let load to 720 or 1080 for HD quality).

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